Patricia Smith Melton is the founder and first executive director of Peace X Peace, the international nonprofit organization, currently in more than 100 nations, that multiplies the power of women by the power of the internet.
Patricia Smith Melton is the editor and photographer of Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women, a book (and interactive website, http://www.60voices.org) of interviews and photographs of 30 Palestinian and 30 Israeli women who share their expertise, wisdom, solutions, and dreams. Released in November 2008, this is the first book that includes Palestinian and Israeli women equally. It is published in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. She is currently co-directing a documentary of several women from the book.
Ms. Smith Melton was executive producer of the award-winning 2003 documentary PEACE BY PEACE, Women on the Frontlines, co-founder of the Melton International Education Foundation in India, China, Chile, Germany, and the U.S. She is a poet, playwright, and photographer with more than 30 years of experience in the arts. She was a 2009 Purpose Prize winner, received the Rumi Forum’s 2008 Peace Award, and is featured in numerous books on women of power and conscience.